New Britain Attends CADCA Conference in Maryland

In the first week of February 2022, New Britain was proud to send our Local Prevention Council to National Harbor, Maryland to attend the 32nd Annual National Leadership Forum hosted by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). Comprised of several of our youth members as well as our prevention coordinators, the delegation spent the whole week at the Forum, which is the nation's largest prevention training event, bringing together over 3,000 youth and adults to learn about the latest and most innovative substance use and misuse prevention strategies.

CADCA is the premier membership-based non-profit organization representing adult and youth coalition leaders throughout the United States and internationally — all working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free. For more than 25 years, CADCA has advanced substance use and misuse prevention and led the field in advocacy and public policy, forming a network of more than 5,000 community anti-drug coalitions across the United States! CADCA brings together all sectors of the community— schools, businesses, parents and youth, law enforcement, healthcare providers, faith-based organizations and many more — with a comprehensive, evidenced-based, approach to reduce underage and binge drinking, underage tobacco use, illicit drug use and the misuse of medicines.

The theme for this year’s Forum was “Every Day CADCA Trains: Prevention Today for a Safer Tomorrow.” The focus of conversations and trainings surrounded substance misuse prevention in our communities, and how to enable progress that will change the possibilities of future generations. Special guests to the Forum included:

  1. A panel of former White House Drug Czars who shared their experience in leading the nation’s public health efforts on preventing the onset of substance use and misuse.

  2. The current Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Rahul Gupta, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP.

  3. Other federal partners, including ONDCP, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Congratulations to the Council on a successful week engaging in coalition-building and strategy development that will make our City a safer, healthier place!

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